On 5th Estate Hone Harawira claims that reaction to his announcement to standing again in next year’s election is a sign of success.
He particularly poured scorn on Andrew Little.
Appearing beside him is Marama Fox, again, who seems to fit in well with Bradbury’s agenda.
She says that the Maori Party have learnt to work with anyone but maintaining their independence is necessary.
She also said that sitting at the Government table the Maori Party scraps every day for their people.
She say’s ‘we need to see Maori leadership’ in the Labour party.
She corrects Bradbury on his claim that unemployment for Maori is at it’s worst ever. She says it has improved since she became an MP.
He says that the National Government has been a run of tragedy for Maori and blames the Maori Party for approving it all via confidence and supply.
He doesn’t want to be anywhere near ‘scumbags’ like the National Party, he will ‘spit in his face’.
Fox points out they could sit in opposition and throw stones all day and get absolutely nowhere.
They have to fight but achieve things for Maori.
“Maori need to come out of the skirts of National and Labour”.
“We must be a party that shows value add for the whole country.”
She sounds a much more passionate, fiesty and pragamatic person than Harawira.
Harawira “we have to become independent thinkers, we have to become bold”.
He talks about needing to work together, care for each other, to be really strong. That sounds good.
“There needs to be a change in thinking that Maori are important to one another, to love one another, to care for each other”.
Get Maori to think independently and be the best possible they can be.
“The current crop of Maori corporate entities are as rapacious as anyone”.
He is scathing in particular of the corporate model used in fishing that is not benefiting communities. It is disastrous for Maori.
Fox says there are examples where there are attempts to have social entrepreneurship.
Corporates with a brown suit and a white heart are no use to Maori.
Why can’t the Maori party and Mana work together?
Fox says that if she can work with National she can work with anyone.
Harawira says he is up for working more together with the Maori Party. He says that attempts by Fox and him to work together are falling on deaf ears within both parties.
He says the important think, the big game, is caring for the small people.
Fox – “we could eliminate poverty now if there was a willingness to do it. We could eliminate poverty now if there was a willingness to do it”.
Harawira and Fox reiterate they don’t want to fight with each other.
Fox on the one thing to help Maori – “we need to spend money saving the lives of our young people” with particular reference to suicide rates. “It comes to love in the home, drug and alcohol abuse. We need to give out young hope for the future”.
Harawira’s number one priority is to “feed the kids”. He doesn’t care what colour they are as it will help Maori.
This was a really interesting program. It helped that Bradbury kept out of the way most of the time.
Harawira seemed to follow Fox’s lead and talking about the core issues and what might be done to address them. I saw him in a different light to the usual media sound bites.
So plaudits to Bradbury for allowing this to develop and giving them both space to express themselves.